In my recent post, How to live a successful life, I talked about short term goals, and long term goals. I am a huge goal kind of girl, where I love to write down all my goals for the future, and to have the motivation to succeed in something. I have come up with the idea of writing down a list of my current AND future goals, and dreams of where I want to be NEXT year!!!!
If you don’t know me, my top priority is England – it is so magical, and has more of a romantic feel than that of Australia! I do love my country, but my family comes from some particular places in which I will write in the list down below. There is some exciting news to tell you!, and I have been learning more and more about my family history, it is just astounding! If you want to read something to do with Australian History THIS you will love! Separate Lives by Gwen Chesell: the story of Sir George and Lady Grey.
I want to focus on planning, and organising a trip to England next year, especially if there is going to be a “royal wedding”, and I plan on being there – that is my main goal! and should be on TOP of the list! I am going to present to you my list of what places I want to go to, and then a list of books that I want to read up on to keep me occupied with this interest.
- Northamptonshire – which is apparently the very heart of England – I recently discovered I am related to a “Henry Spencer” who was born at “Althorp“, and I want to go there and see if there is a picture of him up on the walls of the home.
- Cheshire – the land of cheese, and posh people. It is a county of North West of England. My great x5 grandfather Rowland and his wife, Emma Egerton-Warburton lived at “Arley Hall“, and I am dying to go!!!!!! My family also lived at Tatton Park, which I think I have mentioned previously in a previous post, but it still astounds me to this day that in the 1800’s they held parties which included Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Tatton Park is on my list because it is special, and is culturally special in England as it is the most complete stately home in the country of England.
- Tower of London – Officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace, and Fortress of the Tower of London. It is a historic castle that is situated on the north bank of the River Thames in Central London. You cannot go to London, and not see this historic site. It has played a famous role in English History. It is also home of the Crown Jewels of England. In the 14th century – during the reign of Charles II, a ceremony/parade would start from there to Westminster Abbey, when there is a coronation of a monarch.
- The Goring – Afternoon Tea would be a delight as it is impeccably English! The Goring is a family owned luxury hotel, but this is on the list so I can do an Afternoon Tea. Although, Weekend Indulgence looks amazing! With overnight accommodation for two, a glass of champagne on arrival, a full english/continental breakfast, unlimited wifi, the daily newspaper, and 24 hour access to the Fitness Room. Located in Belgravia – one of the most exclusive and elegant areas in central London – The Goring is perfectly placed for spectacular sights and style during a weekend break in the capital.
- Fortnum and Mason – Now I have done a Fortnum and Mason Favourites post, so I already have some favourites, and when I get there I will probably want to buy the entire shop!!!! If I went to the Goring in the same day I would do afternoon tea there, and then do a high tea here, as they are completely different. There is a Private dining area which may be expensive, so it depends on what budget I am on, but if money wasn’t a problem I would choose exclusively to dine privately in their “Tasting Room”. There is also a drawing room and a boardroom, but if on a budget I would just do the traditional Afternoon Tea. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is a british icon, and the menu consists of Finger Sandwiches, (Smoked Salmon), (Coronation Chicken), (Cucumber with mint and cream cheese), and Fruit Scones, and then Afternoon Tea Cakes.
- Harrods – This has ALL designer clothing, luxury gifts, and fashion accessories and there is currently an exclusive in Burberry’s Festive collection. I particularly like the Metallic Giant Check Cashmere Scarf to wear for all seasons. It just gives that warmth and luxurious feeling to top off your look with a coat. I am LOVING this Check fox Wool Cape, as it is just perfect for the season. I know, I know – its $1000!!! but It is a covetable cape, and I am currently drooling over this designer piece of clothing. I can just imagine that the day I step into Harrods my eyes will be popping like the emoticons with love hearts over the eyes! Designer clothing is my weakness (coming from Melbourne), and Harrods is just the step up from Louis Vuitton.
- Selfridge and Co – this place also has restaurants, so from after a day of shopping I can just grab a bit to eat in the same place! I already have a Michael Kors bag, so I may need just another pair of high heels to add to my ever growing wardrobe. Vivienne Westwood is something else…. for an elegant look to co-exist with my blog I would choose this Mirror Orb Patent Purse. A high shine patent finish, and a classic silhouette, and I would like to get some Valentino Rockstud 65 Patent Leather Courts with an edgy pointed toe, and stud embellishment. Designer is everything, and these two places, Harrods and Selfridges are the best places to go in London. I can not leave these two places out!!!!!
- The Ritz – I am not sure about accommodation for when I get to London, but this is no exception. A 5 star Luxury Hotel in Piccadilly it overlooks the Royal Green Park, and includes the quintessential afternoon tea. I wouldn’t mind the Green Park Suite which is a spacious private apartment on the seventh floor, and has Italian marble bathrooms with a marble fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. It includes antique furnishings, and has a curved TV with heaps of channels, and complimentary wifi. It just seems to have everything!!!! Sigh! If I don’t stay here, then my choice would be to dine here, as they also do afternoon tea, which I can do on a different day! There are so many places that do afternoon tea in England, but this place is iconic, so I really want to spend some time at “The Ritz”! I wouldn’t mind their sandwiches with freshly baked scones, and Devonshire cream, and cakes and pastries! YUM! Afternoon Tea is served daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, and 7.30pm.
- Buckingham Palace – this is my DREAM – It is not just a stately home but it is an iconic royal building where Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II currently resides. The history of this building goes way back to the 1700’s, and became the official residence of the british monarch in 1837, after Queen Victoria came to the throne. My absolute dream is this place, and I plan on getting a photo taken in front of the historic magnificent building. This place is a MUST for any visitor to London in August – September. I am hoping Prince Harry gets married around this time as I want to be at an important historical event. I don’t want to miss it!!!!! An even MORE absolute dream is to do a TOUR of the Palace, as there are 19 State Rooms which are used for entertaining. They are apparently ‘beautifully furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection’ – this includes paintings by Rembrandt, as well as classic furniture from England. This SPEAKS England, and you can not go to London without passing this amazing establishment. I also want to see the garden which has over 350 species of wildflowers. Opening times are 23rd July – 2nd October 2016.
- Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens – this was the childhood home of Queen Victoria, and Prince William and Kate Middleton lived there for a while before living at Anmer Hall. It has been the home of the Royal Family since the 17th century, so can you see why it is on my list!!!?? It has over 30 acres of lush gardens, which seems soooo magical!!! I have to have this place on the list. I just want to do a “Royal Tour” of all places in England!!!
- Victoria and Albert Museum – The Worlds Leading museum of Art & Design, I have posted a necklace that I bought which is part of a Victoria and Albert Museum Collection. It is called “Cupid’s Arrow Necklace.” The pieces and artefacts that they have on show are historical, and this exhibition has over 2.3 million objects that span over 5000 years of human innovation. If you are into paintings, sculptures, that kind of thing like me – then come with me!!!!
- The British Museum – There are special exhibitions (like Egypt’s lost worlds) and OVER 3.5 million objects in the museum alone! I am particularly interested in the Lewis Chessman piece. Even though its just a chess piece it is of walrus ivory and it is a Queen wearing a crown over a veil. You could do a whole article on just one piece!!! Which would be a dream for me to do. History is interesting to me, and that’s why I want to study it.
- Chatsworth House, Derbyshire – this might sound crazy, but I had a dream about this place – LITERALLY – Now that I am checking out their website, I realised that you can do a Wedgewood Afternoon Tea – how delightful! Does Beetroot Macaroon and Goats Curd sound interesting to you!!!??? It includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé and biscuit rose de reims. Devonshire Afternoon Tea includes a glass of champagne and crayfish starter for just 31 pounds. There is an estate farmshop, and when I get there will want to shop definitely. I am not sure what’s in the shop, but I am becoming more interested in the Art and Archives. The house belongs to the Cavendish family, and it is 737 hectares! When you pay for admission it goes towards their House Trust, which is dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of their art collections, gardens, etc.
- National Portrait Gallery – There is a picture of my ancestor, Countess of Wilton up in the gallery, and I definitely want to see it. This place is everything, art, music, drinks, talks, it sounds like my kind of place! I put this on the list, also because of the gallery collections from the 16th century to the present day! There is 11,000 portraits – which includes 4000 paintings and sculptures – MY! I am interested in the mid-Georgian portraits which is to do with the 18th century. When I get there this will be my “studious and learning” place.
- Windsor Castle, Berkshire – Just another royal building I want to see!!! It is actually the oldest castle in the world!!!! It is known for its architecture, and today, more than 500 people live and work here. It is of medieval design and the Queens Presence Chamber is styled in Baroque and Franco-Italian style characterised by guilder interiors enriched with floral murals. I can imagine the rooms would just be stunning, and yes, very “royal” that I can’t wait for the day I see this site. The family home to British Kings and Queens for over 1000 years, I can not NOT have this on the list.
- Highclere Castle – We all know this castle from the much-loved award-winning drama series of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes is exceptional with the script, and we all love the funny quips that come out of Maggie Smith’s mouth. Downton Abbey happens to be my favourite TV show, along with some others, but I just love the setting – how it is so English, and the characters just make it. I read “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey” on holiday in Capel, about two years ago, and it was interesting to know what really went on in the real history of the place. I want to go here because it is not only where Downton Abbey was filmed but to know the real history behind the Carnavon family. I read a bit on it, but to ACTUALLY go there would be spectacular. You can also get “Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey“. There are things to consider when planning your visit.
- Regency Tea Room, Bath – O. M. G. 🙂 – A townhouse setting offering a truly elegant afternoon tea, morning coffee or champagne afternoon teas. Apparently the staff dress up in period costume which is just perfect! This stands out to me (not just because of the name, Jane Austen, but because of the rave reviews I have seen HERE. It is truly “british”.
Well, that is only 17 destinations – but my heart is YEARNING to fly, and get there ASAP, but because of planning and organising, it may well be on the cards for 2017.
So, before I get there, here is a list of books I want to buy, so that I can read up on my interests (Such as royalty!) 😛
Ingrid Seward examines in detail the young lives of the four generations, from Princess Elizabeth and her children, to Prince George. This is a must-have for any royal fan. It is lavishly illustrated, and is in hardback. Ingrid Seward is actually the editor of Majesty Magazine which I collect, and is commentator of the Royal family for CBS.
(Majesty’s) Royal Entertaining & Style
This is also written by Ingrid Seward and if you click on the link above it is only $4. 47, but I think it may be secondhand or used. This focuses on the entertaining and what the royal family does when it comes to parties, and how they like to entertain in their royal palaces, castles, and such.
A lavishly illustrated behind-the-scenes look at three hundred and fifty years of royal banquets, from Charles II to the present day.
This is book focuses on Queen Elizabeth the first as an adult. The author portrays her as a kind woman, who (as a woman) would not marry or name an heir for fear of losing her crown. Apparently from what I have read in reviews, it is a well written story.
The latest in the Majesty book series, is a sumptuously rich illustrated tribute to the longest reigning monarch in British history as she celebrates her milestone birthday. This is a detailed account of some of the Queen’s light hearted and most glorious moments – and the difficult ones too.
As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world.
Modern Royal Fashion by Cassie Davies-Strodder
This is a look at seven British Royal Princesses who understood the intricacies of dressing, and (with help from their designers), developed a unique style.
This is a beautifully illustrated book published by Parragon Books, and is an edition to mark the birth of Prince George. His proper name, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Featuring photos of Prince George when they stood on the steps of the Lindo wing. it also has photos from the Queens Diamond Jubilee, and nostalgic images this beautiful edition gives you a charming photographic look and insight to the Royal Family.
Also, have you been watching “The Crown”??? I am HOOKED!
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